I was drawn to the Pottery room on a Foundation arts course and felt at once an affinity with making in clay. I went on to study Ceramics at Loughborough College of Art, followed by a year in London, at Goldsmiths on their Postgraduate course. Soon after I applied to work in Nigeria as a VSO potter which I enjoyed and also found immensely challenging. African landscape and nature was inspiring – from the red earth of ant mounds to the golden colours of the landscape against fiercely bright skies . I enjoyed keeping a visual journal with studies of nature and took many photos to look back on.
Once back in the UK I started work as apprentice Potter at Muchelney Pottery with John Leach, Nick Rees and Lizzie Leach where I spent 3 years contributing to the production range of wood-fired pottery.
Only by immersing myself in the techniques and style of British studio pottery’s founding father Bernard Leach, was I able to find my true voice as a potter
What interests me is the use of real pots in our homes that create calmness and finds ‘still centres’ in our day to day world.
I like to sense the peacefulness in a group of empty bowls after the enjoyment of a meal. I think this is my perfect kind of quiet moment.
I like the exactness of making in repetition and the satisfaction of a thoughtfully produced board of forms – all with a shared memory of each other.
I delight in the spots of iron that appear during firing and freckle bowls like birds eggs.
I enjoy the clay process that concentrates my awareness at every stage and the small details of each and every pot that contain slight nuances in character every time.